De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2005 Review

It’s no secret that Santa’s favorite Christmas beer is De Dolle Brouwers’ Stille Nacht. It’s a Belgian Strong Ale made with brewing equipment from a long-defunct brewery in the eastern Belgium town of Esen. Several friends bought the equipment in the 1980s called themselves the Mad Brewers (De Dolle Brouwers) and began to brew beers with life – yeast – still in them. The little guy on the bottle is often mistaken for a snowman, but is actually a yeast, representing the living nature of bottle-conditioned beer.

Stille Nacht Reserva was birthed after an accidental yeast overdose in 2000 exploded bottles as

Mac & Jack’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Cascadian Dark Ale Review

Mac & Jack’s Brewing Company has bottled their first beer. Since 1994, Mac & Jack’s has been a favorite tap-only beer in the Pacific Northwest. Their African Amber is the quintessential unfiltered Amber, and sales prove it. Their first beer to be released in bottles, however, is Bourbon Barrel Aged Cascadian Dark Ale. Here’s my review of the 2015 vintage.

Black Raven Brewing Three Sundays Oaked Tripel

Black Raven Brewing Co. of Redmond, Washington is fast becoming one of my favorite breweries. They just get it right. In recent years, Black Raven has been aging beer on wood. Three Sundays Tripel is an Belgian style tripel aged on French and American oak.

Three Sundays Tripel pours bright golden with a light white head of foam that

Logsdon Farmhouse Ales Oak Aged Bretta Review

Logsdon Farmhouse Ales is an Oregon organic brewery in Hood River. Oak Aged Bretta is a farmhouse ale loaded with brettanomyces and rounded by oak.

On opening this well-chilled two-year old bottle, it sprayed a fountain of foam out like a NASCAR winner with a bottle of champagne. Once I got some in my glass I could see the cloudy honey-rosé color topped with

Brewmaster Jack Barrel-Aged Prinsipia

Brewmaster Jack, of Holyoke, Massachusetts, is another story of home brewer turned big-time brewer. Started in 2011, and greatly expanded in 2014, Brewmaster Jack brews straight-forward beer with locally sourced malts. Prinsipia is a barrel-aged Quad using Tennessee Whiskey Barrels.

Prinsipia pours dark brown with a touch of tan foam. It smells fantastic! Lots of whiskey barrel, dried

Midnight Sun Sun of a Beak Review

What do you get when brewers from Alaska and Washington come together to make a one-of-a-kind beer? Sun of a Beak is that beer. It’s an Bourbon Barrel Aged Coconut Imperial Porter with so much complexity you just keep tasting more.

My bottle has been aged a few months past the two year mark. Yet, there’s so much life still in this beer!

Sun of a Beak pours